Federal Airport Act of 1946

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Federal Airport Act of 1946
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act to provide Federal aid for the development of public airports.
NicknamesFederal Aid Airport Act of 1946
Enacted bythe 79th United States Congress
EffectiveMay 13, 1946
Citations
Public law79-377
Statutes at Large60 Stat. 170
Codification
Titles amended49 U.S.C.: Transportation
U.S.C. sections created49 U.S.C. ch. 471, subch. I §§ 1101-1120
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 2 by Pat McCarran (DNV) on April 30, 1945
  • Committee consideration by Senate Commerce, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce
  • Passed the Senate on September 12, 1945 (Passed)
  • Passed the House on October 18, 1945 (279-82, in lieu of H.R. 3615)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on November 1, 1945; agreed to by the House on April 2, 1946 (Agreed) and by the Senate on April 30, 1946 (49-32)
  • Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on May 13, 1946

Federal Airport Act of 1946 is United States statute establishing a federal program for the development of civil aviation airports within the continental United States. The Act of Congress authorized federal grants to progressively evolve civil aviation bases. The public law mandates a national airport plan encompassing airport classifications as defined by the Civil Aeronautics Administration.[1]

The Senate legislation was passed by the 79th United States Congressional session and enacted into law by the 33rd President of the United States Harry Truman on May 13, 1946.[2][3]

Provisions of the Act[edit]

The government financed air transportation law was drafted as nineteen sections commissioning a national construction and development plan for domestic airports throughout the United States.

49 U.S.C. § 1101 ~ Short Title
49 U.S.C. § 1101 ~ Provisions of General Application
Definitions
Airport Classifications
49 U.S.C. § 1102 ~ National Airport Plan
Formulation of Plan
Consultation with War and Navy Departments
49 U.S.C. § 1103 ~ Federal-Aid Airport Program
49 U.S.C. § 1104 ~ Appropriations
Appropriation for Preliminary Expenses
Annual Appropriations for Projects in States
Annual Appropriations for Projects in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
Administrative Expenses
49 U.S.C. § 1105 ~ Distribution of Funds Available for Projects in States
Apportionment of Funds
Discretionary Fund
49 U.S.C. § 1106 ~ Availability of Funds for Projects in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
49 U.S.C. § 1107 ~ Condition Precedent to Development of Larger Airports
Projects Authority Request for Class 4 or Larger Airports
49 U.S.C. § 1107a ~ Determination of Projects for Larger Airports
Fund Grants
49 U.S.C. § 1108 ~ Submission and Approval of Projects
Submission
Applications by Public Agencies Whose Powers are Limited by State Law
Applications by Federal Agencies
Approval
Hearings
49 U.S.C. § 1109 ~ United States Share of Project Costs
General Provision
Projects in Public Land States
Projects in Alaska
Acquisitions of Land and Interests in Air Space
49 U.S.C. § 1110 ~ Project Sponsorship
49 U.S.C. § 1111 ~ Grant Agreements
49 U.S.C. § 1112 ~ Allowable Project Costs
49 U.S.C. § 1113 ~ Payments
49 U.S.C. § 1114 ~ Performance of Construction Work
Regulations of the Administrator
Minimum Rates of Wages
Other Provisions as to Labor
49 U.S.C. § 1115 ~ Use of Government-Owned Lands
Requests for Use
Making of Conveyances
49 U.S.C. § 1116 ~ Reimbursement for Damage by Federal Agencies to Public Airports
Submission and Determination of Claims
Certification of Claims to Congress
Limitation on Submission of Claims
49 U.S.C. § 1117 ~ Reports to Congress
49 U.S.C. § 1118 ~ False Statements
49 U.S.C. § 1119 ~ Existing Airport Programs

Amendments to 1946 Act[edit]

U.S. Congressional amendments to the Federal Airport Act.

Date of Enactment Public Law Number U.S. Statute Citation U.S. Legislative Bill U.S. Presidential Administration
April 17, 1948 P.L. 80-486 62 Stat. 173 S. 2081 Harry S. Truman
June 29, 1948 P.L. 80-840 62 Stat. 1111 H.R. 6860 Harry S. Truman
July 25, 1949 P.L. 81-183 63 Stat. 478 S. 1280 Harry S. Truman
July 26, 1949 P.L. 81-187 63 Stat. 480 S. 1279 Harry S. Truman
August 12, 1949 P.L. 81-224 63 Stat. 603 S. 1285 Harry S. Truman
August 15, 1949 P.L. 81-227 63 Stat. 605 S. 1278 Harry S. Truman
October 25, 1949 P.L. 81-382 63 Stat. 903 S. 1284 Harry S. Truman
October 26, 1949 P.L. 81-404 63 Stat. 925 S. 2360 Harry S. Truman
February 9, 1950 P.L. 81-445 64 Stat. 4 S. 1282 Harry S. Truman
September 27, 1950 P.L. 81-846 64 Stat. 1071 S. 2875 Harry S. Truman
January 9, 1951 P.L. 81-912 64 Stat. 1237 S. 1281 Harry S. Truman
July 8, 1953 P.L. 83-105 67 Stat. 140 S. 35 Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 3, 1955 P.L. 84-211 69 Stat. 441 S. 1855 Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 29, 1959 P.L. 86-72 73 Stat. 155 S. 1 Dwight D. Eisenhower
September 21, 1959 P.L. 86-295 73 Stat. 572 S. 2208 Dwight D. Eisenhower
September 20, 1961 P.L. 87-255 75 Stat. 523 H.R. 8102 John F. Kennedy
March 11, 1964 P.L. 88-280 78 Stat. 158 S. 1153 Lyndon B. Johnson
July 2, 1964 P.L. 88-349 78 Stat. 238 H.R. 6041 Lyndon B. Johnson
October 13, 1966 P.L. 89-647 80 Stat. 894 S. 3096 Lyndon B. Johnson

See also[edit]

Aeronautical chart
Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970
Airport Improvement Program
Federal Aviation Act of 1958
List of Class B airports in the United States
List of Class C airports in the United States
Post-war aviation
Runway

Bibliography[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Aeronautics Authority, Technical Development Division, Airport Section - Airport Design Information". HathiTrust Digital Library. University of Wisconsin - Madison. May 1, 1940.
  2. ^ "Legislative History of the Federal Airport Act : Public law 377, Chapter 251, 79th Congress, 2nd session, Volume I". HathiTrust Digital Library. University of California. April 1948.
  3. ^ "Legislative History of the Federal Airport Act : Public law 377, Chapter 251, 79th Congress, 2nd session, Volume II". HathiTrust Digital Library. University of California. April 1948.

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